Compact Discs are going the way of cassettes. Best Buy announced that today would be the last day the electronic selling giant will be selling them.
The rise of streaming music services such as Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora, as well as the availability of digitally downloadable tracks and albums, are making the CD not just extinct but non essential as well.
Another retail giant, Target, is also considering a change in how it acquires CDs, which could reduce inventory in its stores and leave fewer choices for music fans.
The music CD, which first made a dent in the U.S. market in 1983, is admittedly showing its age. More than three decades old, the format eventually was embraced by music lovers for its convenience and quality, amounting to $13.2 billion in sales in 2000 — far outpacing Hollywood’s box office of $7.7 billion that year.
Jettisoning CDs in stores just frees up space for more electronics people actually use.
What do you think? When was the last time you bought a CD? Will you miss physical music media?